I never really considered myself a warrior. Funny? Maybe. Strong? Eh, at times. Wino. Definitely yes. But Warrior. Never.
Until I lived thru Postpartum Anxiety & Depression.
Today, I sure as hell will wear that "Warrior" badge and will for the rest of my life. Anything I can do to support the cause of raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I will.
Because no mother should suffer alone, in silence. No mother should live in fear.
I'm going to share an excerpt from one of my favorite websites, PostpartumProgress.com:
A new study finds that death by suicide and homicide are more common than “traditional” causes of maternal mortality in the U.S., such as infection or hemorrhage. So why is it that those traditional causes of maternal death are so much more likely to be discussed and reported?
By analyzing records from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University found a total of 94 pregnancy-associated suicides — meaning women who killed themselves either during pregnancy or in the first year after birth — between 2003 and 2007. This would work out to a rate of 2 suicides per every 100,000 births. We don’t know whether any of these women were diagnosed with antenatal or postpartum depression, but we can guess it’s likely they were not, given the overall lack of awareness and screening for these illnesses.
The researchers also say there may be more maternal suicides of which we are unaware, because, as Science Daily reports, those numbers could be underreported, “… because the pregnancy or postpartum status was marked ‘unknown’ in the majority of female deaths in the CDC database.”
Ladies, mothers, girlfriends, OBGYN's, primary care physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, pastors. We have to get talking!
The more we talk, the higher awareness of these disorders. The more we open up with eachother, the more comfortable society will be in talking about postpartum disorders. As a mom, I've heard a million times, "it takes a village to raise a child." And it does. But Moms, use your village for you, too. New moms, old moms, moms of toddlers, moms of teenagers, we all need eachother. The more women open up about PPD/PPA, the less stigma there will be around the disorder, therefore moms everywhere will live in a community where it's acceptable to share the fears. Share the intrusive thoughts. And most of all, share the beautiful moments at the end of what feels like an endless dark tunnel! Because there is a light.
I've been quiet about my PPA experience here on this blog, but not quiet with those I love so dearly. My support system that walks beside me everyday, including GOD. I do intend to open up more about my journey with you all, but until then, please know I'm just an email away if any of you, my dear followers, want to talk. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tomorrow is my very first #ClimbOut experience, Climb out of the Darkness, a day I've been looking forward to for quite sometime. I've struggled coming up with the right words to define why I'm climbing tomorrow, however, I came across Jasmine's post and I have to say, she hit the nail on the head.
Here is why I'm climbing: